Republican Paul Thurmond, a James Island attorney who represented a big part of Senate District 41 on Charleston County Council, has committed to file for the upcoming special election and regular contests to fill the State Senate seat vacated by Lt. Governor Glenn McConnell.
Numerous sources have also indicated that Democratic State Representative Leon Stavrinakis will sit this contest out and seek re-election to his House district this fall. Redistricting shored his numbers up considerably, meaning he'll face his easiest race since he won the seat in 2006.
Filing for the seat closes later this week but we've not heard any other big names looking at the seat.